“The Hunger Games” trailer: 5 missing scenes

“The Hunger Games” trailer: 5 missing scenes (photo)

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To be perfectly frank, the first “The Hunger Games” trailer hit all the right notes with us this morning when it debuted. As the next four months slowly tick by, I’m sure we’ll be able to come up with plenty more scenes we’re desperate to see from the film, but for now there are only a few major moments we would have preferred to see some more of in this first trailer. Some of them — like Katniss’s big reveal as the Girl on Fire — will likely be saved for the big screen, but some others — like romance blooming between Katniss and Peeta — will probably be showcased in the coming months.

There’s a lot for many people to like in “The Hunger Games.” There’s politics, action and, like all good young adult novels nowadays, a big fat love triangle. We tried to pick something for everyone in this list of the five things we wish had been in the “The Hunger Games” trailer. And don’t forget to read the list of our top five moments from the trailer.

The Girl on Fire

The only scene more iconic in “The Hunger Games” than Katniss being revealed as the Girl on Fire is the scene where Prim gives Katniss her Mockingjay pin, which appropriately was shown in today’s trailer. Despite our every instinct telling us there’s no way that Lionsgate is going to show Katniss making her triumphant debut in the Capitol, there’s nothing we would love more than to see Katniss and Peeta ride in in their chariots with their capes being set on fire. The one shot of Katniss all glammed up in a dress is likely from her second interview with Caesar Flickman based on the fact that it is so subdued. If you look really closely at about the 1:33 minute mark in the trailer, you can see some Capitol residents looking through binoculars at two figures on fire from a distance, but we want the real deal. Lionsgate, you tease.

The wealth and outlandishness of The Capitol

This also was teased in the trailer, but not really shown. The opulence of the Capitol is one of the biggest political criticisms in “The Hunger Games,” and one of the major aspects of the government of Panem that fuels Katniss’s rage. There are a few brief shots of the Capitol in the trailer, such as when the train arrives in the city and when Katniss and her fellow tributes are training. But it will be nice to see a shot of Katniss at one of the Capitol’s over-the-top feasts to contrast with her poor home district, District 12.

Muttations and Jabberjays

It was definitely an intentional decision to not include scenes from The Hunger Games beyond the tributes’ mad dash to get weapons at the Cornucopia. But some day soon, those scenes from the latter half of the movie will have to be revealed. There are two big CGI effects that we can anticipate from “The Hunger Games”: the Jabberjays and the Muttations. Hopefully Lionsgate will reveal teases of those scenes ahead of time so fans can be convinced that the computer animated portions of the film will look as gorgeous as the rest of it.

Katniss playing to her audience

One of the most important elements of Katniss’s survival techniques in The Hunger Games is the way she plays to her Panem audience. The Games are broadcast on live television and are a national event, much like the Olympics or the Super Bowl. Katniss knows her audience is watching, so she acts out accordingly in order to become a sympathetic character. There is one shot in particular in the trailer that sort of teases this, but it will be nice to see her pull out some of her best stunts to win Panem over.

Romance blooming between Katniss and Peeta

Of course there’s a love story centered at the heart of “The Hunger Games”! It wouldn’t have as many teenage girl fans if it didn’t. But the love story in “The Hunger Games” is a bit different than the one in, say, “Twilight.” Since Katniss is in a mindset where she plans for her every action to be interpreted by her live audience, it’s unclear from the start whether she is actually interested in Peeta or whether she’s just doing it for the show. And, even better, she’s not sure what his motivations are either. It proves to be interesting fodder for a blossoming love story, and is definitely something that the majority of the fans of the book will be looking forward to seeing.

What do you hope to see in upcoming “The Hunger Games” trailers? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.